Hang 2 Pilots Rules for Lookout
Update: Walk Through Guide for (Hang Glider) Pilots (2010)
Adopted By The RMHGA, November 2000
The Lookout flying site, located on Mt. Zion in Golden, has restricted landing
fields, is in the public eye, and is one of very few sites along the Front Range.
It is necessary to impose restrictions on its use both for pilot safety and
site preservation. These restrictions are not intended to keep pilots from flying
at Lookout, but to help them fly there safely. This program is fairly strict,
but is a way to allow advanced Hang 2 pilots to fly a sensitive, restricted,
H3-H4 site. We allow advanced local Hang 2 pilots to fly Lookout only after
they have shown the judgment and skills to land in a restricted landing field
both safely and consistently.
Hang 2 pilots must meet and adhere to the following rules and regulations.
Not following these rules and regulations will result in the Hang 2 not being
allowed to fly Lookout again until he or she has reached a Hang 3 rating.
Rules and Regulations:
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s must be a current member of both the USHPA and
the Rocky Mountain Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association to fly at Lookout.
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s must do a walk through of the landing areas with
a qualified sponsor to learn set up and approach patterns, site protocol,
and the proper way to pull off the road for the landing area.
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s will be shown the proper takeoff areas and where
to set up their equipment, as well as the proper protocol for launching at
these takeoff areas.
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s must show that they have proper knowledge of the
“Rules of the Road.”
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s must make their first flight at Lookout on the
day of their walk through.
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s must have a qualified sponsor present for every
flight. The presence of the sponsor should be set up ahead of time. Do not
expect that someone will be available to sponsor you if you show up without
arranging it in advance.
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s will not make their first flights on a weekend.
They shall not fly on weekends because of the increased air traffic. All Hang
2 flying will be conducted on weekdays.
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s will land only in designated landing areas. Landing
in any other area at Lookout will result in their loss of the privilege to
fly Lookout until they reach a Hang 2I rating, even though the landing may
have been done safely. This does not include flying cross-country, but does
include landing in housing developments, roads, power lines, creeks, ponds,
rivers, the Colorado School of Mines fields, and the main city of Golden.
- Local Advanced Hang 2’s must realize flying at Lookout is a privilege that
is being granted to you by the local pilots and it can and will be taken away
at anytime. If you jeopardize this site at any time, or for any reason, you
will be asked to not fly there again. This privilege will not be granted to
any pilot who is a non-local Hang 2. Lookout is an Intermediate to Advanced
(H3-H4) hang gliding site.
- If your privilege is revoked because you made a mistake and endangered
the site, or because of inadequate flying skills or judgment, do not ask to
fly there again until you are a Hang 3 and are ready for 10 more sponsored
HG Lookout Sponsorship Sheet
The following is a list of sponsors that have been working with Mark Windsheimer
to introduce local Hang 2's to flying at Lookout. This list is current as of
March 2004. It may change over time, so check with either Mark Windsheimer,
Steve Ford or Jim Yocom for changes. Local Hang 2's who would like to fly at
Lookout need to contact one of these sponsors to arrange sponsorship before
showing up at Lookout to fly. The sponsors are volunteering their time to help
less-experienced pilots. Acting as a sponsor requires them to be present for
the entire sponsored flight, which can prevent them from flying cross-country
or just taking a quick flight and then leaving. They like to fly, too, so please
contact them in advance rather than surprising them with a request for sponsorship
while they are setting up their glider on launch. There is a very good chance
that, if you set it up ahead of time, you will get someone to help you. Many
of these sponsors are also instructors or observers that can observe you for
the tasks that you need for your next rating.
- Tim Collard, 303-914-0079
- Glenn Crowder, 303-358-1506
- Steve Ford, 303-808-5603
- Bob Kanick, 720-840-5380
- Ron Marsh, 303-989-2728 (currently out of town sailing the Tropics)
- Kiernan O'Donavan, 303-588-4596
- Mark Rowland, 303-232-6504
- JT (James Trujillo), 303-548-2838
- Mark Windsheimer, 303-674-2451
- Jim Yocom, 303-277-0692
If any Advanced pilots with a lot of experience flying at Lookout would like
to be added to the list of sponsors, please contact Mark Windsheimer at 303-674-2451.
It takes some time to be a sponsor, but it can be very rewarding.
If you have questions about this program, please feel free to contact Mark
Windsheimer, Jim Yocom or Steve Ford can also answer your questions. Their telephone
numbers can be found in the above sponsors list, and their e-mail addresses
are also available in the Members Only section.